Ashley Sykes

Valley songwriter proud to present inaugural album

Ever since Ashley Sykes started performing about 20 years ago, she’s had all kinds of different answers for the questions “Do you have a CD?” or “Ever thought about recording these songs?”

She pursued various recording options over the years, but just never found the right time or space to finish a project.

And now, the answer is yes; she has a full-length album to share with the world.

She met Corwin Fox, of Cumberland, last spring and they agreed that they could make a really honest, beautiful album together. They recorded 14 of her songs at his Hidden Well Studio.

They were joined by her friends and local musicians: Jordie Robinson, Julianne Duplissie, Jacob Gregory, Rachel Fuller, and Kelsey Epp Webber. Doug Cox also makes a special appearance on her song One Day at a Time. The end result is a very flavourful mix of songs that archive Sykes’s life stories of love, loss, faith, family, and self-reflection.

The album is called Dissonance. The title came from a discussion she had while visiting an old friend in Nashville last summer. They discussed living in the tension of the unresolved and also holding contrasting emotions or ideas at the same time.

The album release concert will be April 28 at the Little Red Church in Comox. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets (adults $20/youth $10) at the door or reserve your seat by emailing or RSVP on the Facebook event page.

You can hear a few songs from the album by visiting There will be CDs available that night for purchase, and the digital album will be available for download the following day.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Vehicle hits boat into Courtenay home

Driver reportedly failed a breathalyzer at the scene and was subsequently released

Jangula denounces Culture Guard endorsement

Has asked to be removed from list

Preliminary inquiry for Island resident facing numerous charges in Comox Valley shooting

A 27-year-old Saanich resident had his preliminary hearing in Courtenay Wednesday as… Continue reading

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

VIDEO: Leaf Compassion celebrates legalization in Courtenay

Leaf Compassion in Courtenay celebrated the official legalization of marijuana in Courtenay… Continue reading

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Foster care is ‘superhighway to homelessness,’ B.C. youth advocate says

Katherine McParland grew up in foster care and lived on the streets

Carr, Morneau off to China next month to deepen commerce

Carr says Canada and China aren’t embarking on formal free trade talks

Edmonton girl guide sells out of cookies in front of cannabis store

On the first day cannabis was legal a young entrepreneur capitalized on cookie sales

Tougher laws introduced against bestiality, animal fighting

The Liberal government is proposing to strengthen the laws today

Money Monitor: Should you switch to a fixed-rate mortgage?

BMO’s Omar Abouzaher outlines the pros and cons of both types of mortgages

Earth still moving in Old Fort, B.C., but not above homes: geologists

Transportation Ministry crews are ready to start work on the Old Fort road

Around the BCHL: Youth trumps experience for Chilliwack and Salmon Arm

Around the BCHL is a look at goings-on in the BCHL and the junior A world.

Comox Valley reverend supports SOGI

Rev. Ingrid Brown is among hundreds of Christian leaders in B.C. who… Continue reading

Most Read